Lancaster County homeowners report big property valuation increases

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Property valuations in Lancaster County have gone up again.

Many people received notices that their home’s valuation has increased significantly.

In some cases, the valuation rose by anywhere from $50,000 to more than $100,000.

Melanie Dawkins, a Realtor at Nebraska Realty, said she’s seen an average increase of 13% to 18%.

Those who are seeing an increase can also expect an increase in the amount being paid in property taxes.

Dawkins said there are ways to appeal the valuation increase.

“If you’re not happy with your assessed value, not only can you go online and file appeal, but there’s one more thing you can do.” she said. “You can talk to an appraiser.”

Dawkins said hiring an independent appraiser to look at your home will cost $500 to $700. That appraisal could be used in an appeal to the county.

Dawkins also said it’s a good idea to look at the valuations of properties similar to yours.  That can help you see if your property isn’t accurately valued.

She also said you can have someone at the county reassess your home, but if they find that you made improvements and didn’t tell them, they may raise the value.

But they can also do the opposite.

Dawkins said the county doesn’t know what your home looks like inside and out, so the value may be higher than it should be.

If your home is in poor condition, Dawkins recommends asking someone from the county to view the home to reassess the value.

If you are looking to file an appeal, you have until Feb. 1 to schedule a meeting or valuation review with the county.

Editor’s note: Melanie Dawkins is the wife of Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist Rusty Dawkins.

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